As an ingredient, yeast extract is extremely versatile for food production. It is used to season sauces, bouillons, soups, savoury snacks and ready meals. It not only complements the savoury taste of meat and fish dishes, but it is also perfect for preparing vegetarian dishes as it is free from animal ingredients but still provides a meaty taste. Furthermore, yeast extract helps to counteract the loss of savouriness that usually occurs when the salt content of a dish is reduced, and as a result, it is often used in products with a low salt content.
Combining ingredients with care provides an optimal taste experience.
A high-quality vegetarian option
Many health and environmentally conscious consumers would like to eat less meat and are in search of tasty vegetarian options. Yeast provides nutritious proteins and amino acids, and as it contains valuable components from the yeast cell, it is the perfect natural and vegetarian replacement for the meat-based bouillons used in many dishes, soups and sauces.
Less salt = healthier food
Since a high salt intake is associated with health risks, many nutritional experts advise consumers to use salt sparingly. For this reason food producers also look at cutting down on the salt content of their products. However, many are concerned that doing so will negatively affect the taste of their products. Yeast extract presents a solution to this dilemma: thanks to its aromatic and characteristic taste it brings a delicious, savoury note to foods, even those with a low salt content. It has an effect similar to that of a spice and thus helps to lower the salt content without loss of taste. Nutritional experts advise a similar approach when they recommend using aromatic herbs in order to get along with less salt in the kitchen.
Did you know..
Although the taste of yeast extract is similar to that of a meat bouillon, it actually does not contain any ingredients of animal origin. All amino acids come from natural yeast. Yeast extract is therefore a great solution for adding a savoury taste to vegetarian dishes.
A rich mix of proteins
Natural yeast is composed of a rich mix of proteins and amino acids that are also found in yeast extract. It is this protein and amino acids mix which provides yeast extract with its special savoury taste and turns it into an attractive ingredient for a multitude of food products. Some of these components result in a savoury taste , while others help by rounding off the natural taste of the remaining ingredients.